Anxiously awaiting the new TV season, Ellen and I have abandoned network and cable television and have been gorging ourselves on newly acquired season sets from the library. First up: Game of Thrones.
I read A Game of Thrones five years ago; I always associate the book with Ellen’s pregnancy, because it’s the paperback I picked up when she and I did the “new parent” thing of going to the bookstore and buying EVERY GODDAMN PARENTING BOOK EVER WRITTEN in preparation for our new bundle of joy. I remember liking the first book in the series a lot, although I gradually lost interest in them as the story started wading more deeply into magical/fantastical waters.
The HBO production of Game of Thrones was terrific, both as an adaptation and as appointment television. In particular, the producers ably met all the potential casting pitfalls so far. One of the challenges of making a Game of Thrones TV show is that even the characters who seem to have minor roles at first eventually, with the fullness of time, go on to become important player in the titular game. A character like The Hound has something like 10 lines over the course of 10 episodes… but he become far more important in future installments.
Further, I think the casting of Sean Bean as Ned Stark was great. It’s not a flashy role, but getting an alum of The Lord of the Rings series in the lead role for this season was a brainstorm. All the baggage he carries with him from those movies make Ned Stark’s character arc in S.1 all the more surprising to viewers.
Also, Peter Dinklage. C’mon. Awesome.
Final thing I’m going to write about Dune, I swear…
If you’ve been reading over the summer, you may remember I took a run at reading Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi classic. I took a slow, leisurely… run. A jog, perhaps. I’m usually a quick reader, but something about Dune slowed me up; even though I was enjoying the book I didn’t get through it with my normal pace.
I enjoyed the book enough to seek out the 1984 movie adaptation, famously directed by David Lynch.
I’ve enjoyed the director’s work in the past – Twin Peaks was a fun ride for awhile, and Mulholland Falls was a flick a lot of my friends and I were crazy about. Lynch has famously disowned Dune and I was interested to see how the picture held up in that light.
Boy, Dune is a fascinatingly bad movie.